en·​large·​ment | \ in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio) , en-\

Definition of enlargement

1 : an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged
2 : a photographic print larger than the negative that is made by projecting the negative image through a lens onto a photographic printing surface

Examples of enlargement in a Sentence

Symptoms include enlargement of the lymph nodes. The plans call for an enlargement of the company's offices.

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Today, backdrops are largely digitally printed photographic enlargements or images and video streams layered together and projected onto a green screen. Los Angeles Times, "End of an era: One of Hollywood’s last scenic painters can’t quite put down his brush," 15 Aug. 2019 Low-level exposure causes trouble breathing, chest pain, vomiting, headaches and enlargement of the thyroid gland. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Suncor oil refinery operators hit by Colorado health department for emitting toxic gas," 1 July 2019 Emmanuel Macron’s argument that Europe must deepen before broadening concealed his fear that encouraging enlargement would help Marine Le Pen, his nationalist opponent. The Economist, "The EU must keep its promise to North Macedonia," 12 June 2019 Still, Clinton's policy of NATO enlargement, bringing in former Warsaw Pact states to the West was, in retrospect, a tough move. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's toughness on Russia judged against his predecessors," 9 June 2018 After several tries, Tasset was satisfied enough with one of the alginate molds to proceed with enlargement. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Making an anti-monument: Chicago artist Tony Tasset plans giant hand for FRONT Triennial (photos)," 29 Apr. 2018 Warning, may cause permanent enlargement of skeletal muscles. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The White House had one of its best weeks ever," 29 Apr. 2018 Around 1590, the father-son team Hans and Zacharias Janssen invented a compound microscope, with lenses at two ends of a tube, producing a nine-power enlargement. Doug Main, The Atlantic, "Humankind’s Most Important Material," 7 Apr. 2018 That conflict prompted proponents of the dam enlargement to seek a workaround. Emily Cadei And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Water Wars: Democrats block GOP bid to speed Shasta Dam enlargement | The Sacramento Bee," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of enlargement

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of enlargement

: the act of making something larger or of becoming larger
: a larger copy of a photograph


en·​large·​ment | \ in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio) \

Kids Definition of enlargement

1 : an act of making or growing larger
2 : the state of having been made or having grown larger
3 : a larger copy of a photograph


en·​large·​ment | \ in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio) \

Medical Definition of enlargement

: an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged enlargement of the heart

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